Growing Lavender in the Southwest

National Lavender Day is June 29. In honor of this widely celebrated holiday, I deemed it time to share some timely tips on growing lovely lavender. Which Species? Lavender that grows well in the Southwest includes a number of European species (and cultivars) of Lavendula, plus the Sonoran Desert native shrub, desert lavender (Condea emoryi). We will look at the most commonly sold species. For a quick look at this […]

Ants are Awesome – for the Garden

Ants are beneficial for gardens. I agree, they are not so beneficial inside the home. But out in the garden they can be good – even if they are stripping the leaves off your Lady Banks’ rose. Most “Bugs” are Good The buzz is out about bees, and everyone loves to help them – especially in June – National Pollinator Month. Planting flowers for pollinators?  Easy sell! But what about […]

Seven Herbal Teas from Your Yard

The tea industry has declared June “National Iced Tea Month.” If you are trying to live more lightly on this earth and not spend massive amounts of carbon dioxide emitting fossil fuels importing tea made from the Asian tea plant (Camelia sinensis), consider these tasty caffine-free “herbal” teas you can grow in your own yard and enjoy anytime. Tea does not need to come from Asia! January was National Hot […]

June 2023 Garden Tasks

June is normally tough on plants and wildlife, but all bets are off this year. Normally I would remind you that all plants, even succulents, are stressed by this normally dry month, but weather has been erratic with below average temperatures and early rains in parts of the Southwest. Irrigation Did you get a sprinkle of rain? Might not be enough. Make sure you water landscape trees and shrubs so […]